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Proms musician brings annual festival to West Wycombe
TONIGHT Lawrence Power is playing viola at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. The 35-year-old, who grew up in Downley, then takes a break from travelling the world to bring his own festival to West Wycombe with some the world's top musicians.
"We have got people like Michael Collins- a clarinettist. He is basically Mr Clarinet the world over. He is the best clarinet player ever.
"We are so lucky he has agreed to come and play here," Lawrence told me.
He is brimming with enthusiasm for the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival which runs from September 12 to 14.
This is the third year the festival has run and each year professional musician, Lawrence, brings top class musicians to the beautiful church of St Lawrence in West Wycombe, with tickets priced at only £15 (£10 on the Saturday morning) and under 18s free.
He said: "I met these people on my travels. It is nice for them to come back and play at my little festival in West Wycombe."
And Lawrence said he has had a lovely response from the musicians and also from residents.
He said he is thinking of expanding it a bit but he doesn't want it to become too big.
He added: "I don't want to make it too expensive. I wanted local people from the village and the area who hadn't been to a concert before to come, and now they are coming back. That is a really lovely thing."
And tomorrow Lawrence is playing viola at the Royal Albert Hall evening in the Film Music Prom.
He said: "The Proms is always such a special thing to play at. I have been lucky. I have played there every year for the last six or seven years. I feel very lucky to be able to do that."
Other musicians at the festival in West Wycombe include Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Michael Gurevich (violin), Annabelle Meare (violin), David Adams (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Guy Johnston (cello) and Bjorg Lewis (cello). Concert 1 is on September 12 at 7.30pm with Prokofiev~ Overture on Hebrew Themes Op.34; Mozart ~ Clarinet Quintet K.582 and Messiaen~ Quartet for the End of Time.
Concert 2 on the Friday at 7.30pm with Haydn~ Piano Concerto in D major (Hob XVIII:II); Shostakovich~ String Quartet No.8 Op.110 and Franck~ Piano Quintet.
A masterclass for local young musicians is on September 13 from 10am to 1pm, with more details on the website.
The programme for concert 3 on the Saturday at 11am is Bach~ Goldberg Variations (arr. String Trio by D. Sitkovetsky) and concert 4 on September 14 at 7.30pm sees musicians play Shostakovich~ two pieces for String Octet Op.11; Brahms~ Clarinet Quintet Op 115 and Mendelssohn~ Octet for Strings Op 20.
Tickets are £15 for evening concerts and £10 for Saturday morning. Under 18s free. Festival pass £50. Box office 01494 528659 or email email@example.com.
For more details go to www.westwycombechamermusic.org.uk
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